4th Annual ArtCamp Sept 30, 2017
at Nossi College of Art

ArtCamp Nashville 2016 Sessions

Each 40-minute session is structured to educate and inspire Nashville artists and creatives to help our local arts community to thrive, achieve its goals and impact the world.

See the schedule grid for the day's sessions.

Activism Through Art

Presented By: Nina Covington
At 3:30PM-4:15PM, in Studio A


Description: A discussion on how to use art to educate and raise awareness to causes you believe in.

Categories: Community

Art & Our City: A discussion with Hon. Nancy Van Reece

Presented By: Nancy VanReece
At 1:30PM-2:15PM, in Design Two


Description: This session will be an open discussion about the arts and artists in Nashville with Nashville city councilwoman Nancy VanReece. Community leader Paula Roberts will lead help facilitate.

Categories: Community

Art as a Conduit for Change

Presented By: Nicole Brandt
At 9:15AM-10:00AM, in Studio A


Description: Poverty & the Arts is a local social enterprise 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower homeless and formerly homeless individuals as artists and creatives, by helping them to form community relationships, generate creative income, gain confidence, and bring purpose to their lives.In this session, we will facilitate open and honest discussion about the complexities of homelessness and how the arts can be a powerful mechanism for creating effective environments for change. We will discuss the various ways in which empowering individuals as artists gives them the tools they need to make sustainable change in their lives. Being a successful artist requires entrepreneurial and innovative thinking, problem-solving and interpersonal skills, and independence. Our artists are encouraged and given opportunities to develop these skills for both personal and professional growth.We will share information about our offered programs, testimonies from our artists, as well as the challenges and successes of using the arts to empower individuals experiencing homelessness. This session is beneficial for community professionals, K­12 educators, university administrators, and anyone with a vested interest in arts and social justice.

Categories: Hands On

Art/Business: Reciprocation

Presented By: chris barber
At 9:15AM-10:00AM, in Design Two


Description: Exploring the reciprocal relationship between the production of authentic art and creating a sustainable business model. In this session, I'll share my experiences over the last decade making products and designs that fulfill my creative pursuits while contributing towards a successful business. My goal is to instill confidence in creative professionals, to stand by the value of their product and training, regardless of how official that training may be.

Categories: Arts Career

Artists Legal Issues

Presented By: Casey Summar
At 1:30PM-2:15PM, in Studio A


Description: Cover legal issues for artists

Categories: Arts Career

Building an Arts Organization from the Ground Up: The Porch Story

Presented By: Susannah Felts
At 9:15AM-10:00AM, in Studio D


Description: Do you dream of using your artistic skills and passion for the good of the community? Do you believe that thriving cultural institutions are a crucial part of Nashville’s future? In this presentation, the founders of Nashville’s nonprofit literary center, The Porch, will discuss how they channeled their love of the written word into a successful, growing arts nonprofit in under three years. Susannah Felts and Katie McDougall will also touch on the ways in which literature and writing in general can be a force for progressive change and self-improvement, no matter how you define yourself as a creative.

Categories: Hands On

Cuban Visit & Tools of the Trade

Presented By: John Partipilo
At 2:30PM-3:15PM, in Studio B


Description: John will discuss his recent visit to Cuba, the images he was able to capture and a photographer's considerations when traveling for photo journalistic purpose. “The single thread that ties my show together is people -- People in their different environments and people in their different stages of life. That’s the heart of my work. To me people are so important, because they all have a unique story.” -- John Partipilo

Categories: Hands On

Develop your creative vision

Presented By: Beth Inglish
At 10:15AM-11:00AM, in Studio D


Description: Take your creative vision to the next level using the power of collaboration! Participate in this unique workshop specifically designed to develop your ideas into a framework formed through the insight of others. This unique process will quickly give your vision definition and you'll feel inspired to get started right away!

Categories: Arts Career

Embracing Your Role as an Artist

Presented By: Amanda Dobra Hope
At 2:30PM-3:15PM, in Studio D


Description: Artists have a unique role in influencing the thoughts, mood, and general attitude of society. Whether you are a photographer, painter, digital artist, musician, author, sculptor, or clothing designer--what you bring to the table through your art has an impact on the world. This session will help you tune in to and understand your own motivations as an artist, so you can both create and market in a way that will help you to be the change you wish to see.

Categories: Arts Career

Engaging with Businesses Cause Marketing

Presented By: Jacob Weiss
At 1:30PM-2:15PM, in Studio D


Description: Using creativity in the business world to connect.

Categories: Arts Career

Gallery Panel: Nashville's Creative Landscape

Presented By: Paul Polycarpou
At 10:15AM-11:00AM, in Studio A


Description: Some of Nashville's favorite Gallery owners and curators will gather to address some important questions concerning our city's arts. Moderated by Nashville Arts Magazine's Paul Polycarpou, the panel will hit on where Nashville's art scene been historically and where we are going. They'll answer questions like how do we "elevate" our arts while maintaining our integrity of character? While staying true to what our city is about, what is the spirit of Nashville's arts, how can that grow? What are our strengths? What are our weaknesses, and what's missing? Participants include:
Sarah Wilson
Katie Shaw
Lain York
Dustin Headrick
Sara Lee Burd

Categories: Arts Career

Get off your ass! Push it harder in art

Presented By: C H R I S O L U X
At 1:30PM-2:15PM, in Studio B


Description: Inspirational session on making using your creativity to go further and turn heads.

Categories: Arts Career

If these neighborhoods could talk…

Presented By: Thaxton Waters
At 11:15AM-12:00PM, in Studio B


Description: How to engage historically native communities while educating incoming residents.)
All across the country were experiencing a young professional class moving into low income areas once and in many cases are still occupied by people of color. This migrating process is better known as Gentrification. In these interactions the feelings of apprehenion, animosity, and helplessness are usually the result. In this talk we will get the critical backdrop of these communities, while looking at ways of identifiying, engaging and activating the “Spirit of the Community”.

Categories: Community

Learning to Listen: How to Build Healthier, More Equitable Communities

Presented By: Van Gill Maravalli
At 10:15AM-11:00AM, in Design Two

Van Gill

Description: Moderator: Van Maravalli
Confirmed Panelists: Megan Kelley, Elizabeth Williams.
Tentative: Michael Ewing and Xavier Payne.

Launched in June of 2016, the Metro Arts’ Learning Lab is a professional development program designed to train Nashville-based artists in social, civic and placemaking practices. Artists from the inaugural Learning Lab class will discuss the various ways artists can work in community through a practice of listening and how their own practices have evolved since completing the training.

Categories: Community

Live Simply & Believe in Magic

Presented By: Alicia Waters Binkley
At 11:15AM-12:00PM, in Design Two

Alicia Waters

Description: How keeping things simple can make an extraordinary impact.

Categories: Arts Career

Nashville Walls Project

Presented By: Brian Greif
At 2:30PM-3:15PM, in Studio A


Description: Street Art has become a major part of the urban landscape in major cities around the world. is actively working to facilitate new mural projects by local, regional and international artists in Nashville. This session focuses on the evolution of street art from ;illegal; to ;embraced;. Learn about the artists behind this movement and future plans for murals in Nashville.

Categories: Community

Nashville's State of the Arts

Presented By: Rebecca Berrios
At 2:30PM-3:15PM, in Design Two


Description: Understanding the state of the arts in Nashville requires collective assessment on our community’s challenges and opportunities. In this session, we invite ArtCamp attendees to become a part of that conversation in a participatory art project of reflection and storytelling. Participants will engage with one another’s stories, culminating in a collective testimony to Nashville’s State of the Arts.

Also led by Shaina Strom. Shaina has been working in the arts for over a decade as a storyteller, community organizer and arts advocate. She has assisted Metro Arts with planning Artober Nashville and is currently the Digital Engagement Manager at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC).

Categories: Community

Panel: Creative Risk-takers Preach on Pushing Boundaries

Presented By: Lily Hansen
At 11:15AM-12:00PM, in Studio A


Description: Led by Nashville's famous interviewer Lily Hansen, this panel of creatives will share on the importance of stepping outside the lines. We'll learn of their sufferings and triumphs in daring to risk as well as where Nashville needs to get out of its creative comfort zone.
Participants include:
Telisha Cobb Audra Harvey
Jessika Malone

Categories: Community

Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training

Presented By: Amber Buker
At 11:15AM-12:00PM, in Studio D


Description: In today's market, artists need to have a full arsenal of professional skills to excel. Talent is vital, but it is one of many attributes that professional artists need to survive. Artists also need to consider things like business structures, pricing models, and marketing plans, and they need to be able to identify the value and unique selling propositions of their work. The Periscope: Artist Entrepreneur Training program gives artists the tools they need to cultivate all of those skills, and so much more. Periscope is a six-week intensive training opportunity that empowers working artists to see their vision through an entrepreneurial lens. Hosted at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), Periscope gives artists training, exchange, mentorship, and exposure.

Categories: Arts Career

Photographing in Public

Presented By: Michael Nott
At 10:15AM-11:00AM, in Studio B


Description: This session is for anyone who wants to learn how to see and capture gesture and expression on the streets. For the iPhone photographer or the seasoned pro, we will examine strategies and techniques for street photography. Become more confident shooting on the street and learn how to better interact with your subjects. This is the magic of creating unique images that regenerate and decipher our shared space – and have fun doing it!

Categories: Hands On

Storytelling 101 for Artists

Presented By: Kristen Chapman Gibbons
At 3:30PM-4:15PM, in Studio D


Description: Artists often have a difficult time identifying and articulating the narratives that flow through their work. We will explore ways to highlight and structure the stories that will help you find the right audience.

Categories: Arts Career

Street Art: Examining Street Art Culture Historically and Envisioning a Future

Presented By: Lauren Fitzgerald
At 3:30PM-4:15PM, in Studio B


Description: During this panel conversation, we will discuss the past, present, and future of Street Art Culture and how it relates to our local arts landscape

Categories: Community

The Arts Community

Presented By: Paisha Thomas
At 3:30PM-4:15PM, in Design Two


Description: How does art make the community better? How can the community work together to create art? What is unique about our own arts community? How can we further develop and expand our local arts community? These are the types of ideas we hope folks will submit.

Categories: Community

Using Social Media to Create a Following

Presented By: Roy Laws
At 9:15AM-10:00AM, in Studio B


Description: Learn social media strategies and techniques to increase your visibility and engagement on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and more. I will be showing how to link all of your accounts together and how to leverage them with your website and online stores. Will also teach the value of video and how to effectively reach potential customers.

Categories: Arts Career

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